torsdag 11 juni 2009

Swedish Midsummer

On Friday the 19th June the Swedes will be celebrating the biggest holidays of the year - midsummer! It's a wonderful tradition and it marks the start of summer, and the summer in Sweden is short so this is very important. We celebrate with a feast of Swedish food including pickled herring and boiled new potatoes with dill (and much more), and usually the grand finale of the meal will be the first strawberries of the year! We have traditional costumes for almost every part of Sweden, and they are worn at midsummer together with flowers made into a wreath for the girls to wear in their hair. A maypole is raised and everyone will dance traditional ring-dances around it. Traditionally on your way home in the late hours of the night, you would pick 7 different kinds of flowers and place them under the pillow, and your future husband will appear in your dreams!

This year my friends have organised what might turn out to be the best midsummer party in London yet, it will be held in their lovely big beer garden at the back of their pub - The Kings Arms in Wandsworth. It is a beautiful garden, and it's big enough to fill it with lots of people eager to join the festivities. I am really looking forward to it! Should you feel tempted, follow the link to their Facebook page and sign up. You can buy tickets for £20, I promise that it will be a great evening!

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